Table 4

Factors associated with looking for health information to help deal with a consultation in the subgroup of Internet users for health or illness matters

Find health information to help decide whether to consult a health professional

Find health information prior to an appointment

Find information after an appointment with health professionals

Oddsratio

CI (95%)

P-value

Oddsratio

CI (95%)

P-value

Oddsratio

CI (95%)

P-value


Male

0.99

0.85-1.15

0.863

0.87

0.75-1.0

0.058

0.9

0.78-1.04

0.146

Female

1

1

1

Age

<.001

<.001

0.173

15-25

3.67

2.33-5.78

<.001

2.14

1.37-3.34

<.001

1.31

0.84-2.02

0.234

26-35

3.29

2.15-5.03

<.001

2.16

1.41-3.29

<.001

1.43

0.94-2.17

0.095

36-45

2.41

1.57-3.72

<.001

1.86

1.2-2.87

0.005

1.42

0.93-2.18

0.106

46-55

2

1.3-3.07

0.001

1.42

0.92-2.18

0.112

1.21

0.79-1.85

0.379

56-65

1.49

0.97-2.28

0.066

0.99

0.64-1.53

0.966

1.01

0.66-1.55

0.949

66-80

1

1

1

Education

0.354

<.001

<.001

Higher education

1.19

0.93-1.52

0.157

1.92

1.52-2.44

<.001

1.82

1.44-2.3

<.001

A-Level

1.15

0.92-1.43

0.219

1.31

1.06-1.62

0.012

1.23

0.99-1.51

0.056

Below A-Level

1

1

1

Kids at home (< 18)

1.02

0.86-1.2

0.847

0.98

0.84-1.15

0.81

0.98

0.84-1.15

0.85

No kids at home

1

1

Place of living

0.077

0.001

0.010

City

1.36

1.05-1.77

0.02

1.67

1.28-2.17

<.001

1.54

1.2-1.99

<.001

Minor city or suburbs of a big city

1.42

1.08-1.85

0.011

1.51

1.16-1.97

0.002

1.36

1.05-1.77

0.019

Village

1.33

1.01-1.74

0.042

1.59

1.21-2.09

<.001

1.36

1.04-1.77

0.025

Rural/scattered house

1

1

1

Work situation

0.896

0.438

0.876

Student

1.08

0.78-1.5

0.643

1.11

0.82-1.5

0.508

1.07

0.79-1.45

0.66

Working

1.02

0.82-1.27

0.865

0.94

0.75-1.16

0.54

1

0.81-1.24

0.994

Not at work

1

1

1

Disable or with diagnosis

1.03

0.81-1.31

0.819

0.97

0.77-1.22

0.777

1.16

0.92-1.47

0.215

No

1

1

1

Relative disable or with diagnosis

1.05

0.88-1.25

0.605

0.95

0.81-1.12

0.534

1.01

0.86-1.19

0.874

No

1

1

1

Subjective health

0.535

0.614

0.592

Good

0.81

0.51-1.28

0.359

0.81

0.53-1.24

0.325

0.92

0.6-1.41

Fair

0.87

0.55-1.39

0.559

0.83

0.54-1.27

0.387

1.01

0.65-1.56

0.965

Bad

1

1

1

One or more visits to GP in the previous year

1.16

0.94-1.42

0.156

1.32

1.08-1.62

0.008

1.57

1.28-1.92

<.001

No visits to GP in the previous year

1

1

Use of the Internet to interact with unknown HP

<.001

<.001

1

<.001

Established

1.22

0.85-1.75

0.277

1.14

0.83-1.55

0.414

1.31

0.94-1.82

0.11

Infrequent

1.84

1.5-2.26

<.001

1.63

1.36-1.96

<.001

1.64

1.36-1.99

<.001

No

1

1

1

Use of the Internet to participate in forums or self help groups

<.001

<.001

<.001

Established

1.82

1.24-2.67

0.002

1.64

1.21-2.23

0.002

1.7

1.23-2.35

0.001

Infrequent

1.61

1.28-2.02

<.001

1.87

1.53-2.29

<.001

1.61

1.31-1.98

<.001

No

1

1

1

Use of the Internet to order medicines or other products related to health

<.001

<.001

<.001

Established

1.98

1.23-3.19

0.005

1.84

1.25-2.71

0.002

1.92

1.26-2.91

0.002

Infrequent

1.45

1.16-1.81

0.001

1.31

1.07-1.61

0.009

1.28

1.04-1.58

0.018

No

1

1

1

Use of the Internet to read about health and illness

<.001

<.001

<.001

Established

5.53

4.11-7.42

<.001

6.78

4.72-9.75

<.001

5.65

4.11-7.76

<.001

Infrequent

2.81

2.11-3.74

<.001

3.61

2.52-5.18

<.001

3.12

2.28-4.26

<.001

No

1

1

1


P-values are typed in italic when significant at the 5% level

Santana et al. BMC Family Practice 2011 12:20   doi:10.1186/1471-2296-12-20

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